The last time I went to Liverpool was for the launch of a New Look store in my old existence as a marketeer, so my knowledge was limited to the shopping district. It was a long way to go on Saturday, especially after a full day wedding in Surrey on the Friday but a friend and colleague, Luke, asked me at the last minute to cover his brother’s wedding for just three hours. And since I had just bought the Skoda, I thought it a good opportunity to stretch her legs on the open road.
I pretty much never photograph a couple without having met them at least once, and usually done an engagement shoot with them too, so it was a little strange turning up on the doorstep of Carla’s friend, where she was getting ready. The gorgeous three story house was a hive of activity with Carla having six bridesmaids (of mixed sex). My favourite image of Carla was actually taken in the bathroom, sitting on the loo, where the light was gorgeous – she looks absolutely beautiful.
Michelle Webb, a friend of Carla’s, was doing the make-up. I’d met Michelle before on the set of 500 Miles North, a film directed by Luke and mostly filmed up at Inshriach. I went on set for three days to do some behind the scenes shots.
Luke didn’t supply me with details of the church until the last minute, so it was a bit of a Magical Mystery Tour (ahem) of Liverpool, but I found the church, All Hallows, Allerton, looming large on a fork in the road. The bridal party made their entrance, with Carla walked down the aisle by her mother who had come over from Mexico.
I was only booked to stay long enough to get the group photos done outside the church (efficiently choreographed by Luke), and a few shots of the couple before the party reconvened at a local pub for the reception and I headed back on the long drive to Surrey.